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In this view taken from standing on the caisson of the entrance to Dublin's last drydock that closed in February is tallship Jeanie Johnston. The replica barque made history as the last vessel to use the shiprepair facility from where afterwards berthed at the Lead-In Jetty which is to demolished.
Dublin Port
#ABRnotices - As part Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin Regeneration ABR Project, the existing Lead in Jetty located outside Graving Dock Number 2 that closed in February, is to be demolished. Afloat adds tallship Jeanie Johnston made history as the last dry-docked…
MV Neptune Dynamis, which begins a weekly schedule calling at Rosslare Europort from this Saturday , 8th April
Ports & Shipping
#NewService - A new weekly shipping service to Rosslare Europort begins this Saturday 8th April which is to be operated by Greek based Neptune Lines. At 07.30hrs on Saturday, the MV Neptune Dynamis (built 2002) will arrive at the Europort,…
End of March marked the occasion of Arklow Vanguard's lunchtime launch yesterday at a Dutch yard. In attendence was the tug Cruno II.
Ports & Shipping
#LunchLaunch - The final day of March marked the launch of yet another newbuild as part of an ongoing modernisation programme of the Arklow Shipping fleet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Vanguard (yard no. 726) was given a lunchtime launch under…
Dover-based freightferry European Seaway is underway ‘dressed overall’ in the Kent port. The first of a quartet of ‘Super-Freighters’ built in 1991 to serve Zeebrugge, is to cease current Calais crossings, albeit temporally so to provide refit cover on P&O’s Larne-Cairnryan route.
Ferry
#NorthChannel – In an unusual move, a Dover-based freight-ferry is to be deployed on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan route for two months while a pair of ropax sisters are refitted on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sisters European Causeway and slightly longer…
Ireland's largest domestic coastal freighter, the 330 gross tonnage Bláth na Mara (during dry-docking but since completed) normally operates Galway-Aran Islands. Instead a replacement vessel is running services across Galway Bay.
Island News
#AranFreighters - Ireland’s Iargest domestic coastal cargoship that returned from hull works carried out in Co. Donegal earlier this month has yet to re-enter Galway-Aran Islands services, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 330 gross tonnage cargoship Bláth na Mara normally serves…
Superimposed area of infilled Foynes Jetty Extension project, one of two contracts awarded by SPFC to Abco Marine
Shannon Estuary
#JettyExtension - Two contracts have been awarded to ABCO Marine that will involve works to be carried out in Foynes Port and at Durnish.  The contracts were secured from the Shannon Foynes Port Company. Work at Foynes Port is for…
Presenting a sleek profile Neptune Aegli a vehicle-only carrier that began a charter with P&O this afternoon on the Dublin-Liverpool route.
Ferry
#Charter -A Maltese flagged Greek owned vehicle-carrier only vessel is on charter to an Irish Sea ferry operator while its ships take refit dry-docking turns in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered-in Neptune Aegli can handle 1,800 cars or…
Afloat has identified the Thea II which featured in 'Rivers with Jeremy Paxman' when running on the Manchester Ship Canal, but as of this morning had completed an inaugural sailing for BG Freight Line's new Liverpool-Cork containership service.
Port of Cork
#PaxmansBoxboat– Thea II the containership that featured in ‘Rivers with Jeremy Paxman’ on Channel 4, has completed the first sailing for BG Freight Line’s new Liverpool-Cork service this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the penulimate episode of the River series…
Artist’s illustration of the planned Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway
Ports & Shipping
#ShipTunnel - Norway has an engineering first in the works in the form of a tunnel for ships, as gCaptain reports. Plans for the Stad Ship Tunnel involve blasting a 1.7km canal through the Stad Peninsula, 200km north of Bergen,…
Making a delivery voyage to Rathin Island this morning is Spirit of Rathlin. The £2.8m newbuild can take up to six vehicles and 140 passengers on the crossing to Ballycastle on the mainland.
Ferry
#NewFerryArrives - Residents of Rathlin Island now have an exciting addition as a brand new car ferry arrived this morning which is to serve the North’s only inhabited island, writes Jehan Ashmore. After a 20 hour delivery voyage from boatbuilders…
BREXIT: On the day that the UK announced the triggering date of Article 50 to begin leaving the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit to Wales yesterday to sign the Swansea Bay City Deal in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. The venue is the home ground for Swansea City F.C. and Ospreys Rugby.
Ports & Shipping
#UKpmSigns - UK and Welsh government ministers were in Swansea to witness Prime Minister Theresa May sign yesterday the Swansea Bay City Deal along with members of the Swansea Bay City Region Board. The deal is the biggest ever investment for south…
Seatruck won '2017 Business of the Year' at The Mersey Maritime Awards (MMIA) that was held in the new Main Stand of Liverpool Football Club. The event attended by 400 people was hosted by BBC Breakfast T.V. presenter Louise Minchin.
Ferry
#MerseyAwards - At the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Seatruck Ferries were named as ‘2017 Business of the Year’ during a ceremony held in Anfield, the famous venue of Liverpool Football Club, writes Jehan Ashmore. The black tie gala dinner on…
The shell of newbuild Scot Navigator just after launching. The cargoship will have a 5,500 cubic capacity for timber products and is due for delivery in May.
Ports & Shipping
#Newbuild - Scot Line a trader of packaged timber on the Irish Sea have added a 88 metre long newbuild to its fleet that operates an Ireland-UK-Scandinavia liner service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Scot Navigator will become the 10th…
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.
Dublin Port
#PortPerspectives - Artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks were announced by Dublin Port Campany. They were chosen in response to Dublin Port's new programme Port Perspectives and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh…
The Dun Aengus Dock of the Port of Galway. Afloat adds in this view is a coastal products tanker, Galway Fisher or Forth Fisher. Both tankers are regular callers from the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour.
Galway Harbour
#Downgrade - A move by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to downgrade Galway Port by signing a ministerial order could signal the death knell for the multimillion euro harbour development – and the entire expansion of the city to…
Port of Cork's ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy
Port of Cork
#BypassUK - The Port of Cork has ramped up talks with continental ferry companies writes Independent.ie about providing more direct freight routes between Ireland and mainland Europe due to Brexit, its chairman has said. John Mullins said fresh food exporters…

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